What books did you read when you were a child?
I was hooked on anything Goosebumps as well as Choose Your Own Adventure stories. I also had the full collection of The Secret Book of Gnomes (they were well loved!).
If you could be a storybook character who would you be?
Merlin. Actually, I would settle for any wizard that gets to wear a robe and carry a staff.
What is the best thing about reading?
The wonderful thing about reading (and writing) is that there are no real limits. Anything is possible.
What is your all time favourite book?
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. The book is bursting with magic, adventure and laugh-out-loud moments.
Other than reading books what is the most important thing a parent can do to help develop their children’s communication skills?
The best bit of advice I can give is just talk to your children and show a genuine interest in what they have to say. Not only will it help your children’s communication skills, it will bring you closer together as a family.
How big a part did your parents play in encouraging your writing skills?
My mother was always supportive of my writing. She helped me believe that I could do anything as long as I put in the time and effort.
How do you encourage your children or grandchildren to read, what books do you enjoy reading with them?
Each day we set aside 30 minutes as a family to read. Now my children are a little older everyone gets to read whatever they are interested in. I still enjoy reading picture books to them and the sillier the better. I love to see my children laugh and it is a great reminder not to take life too seriously.
Mitch decided to become an accountant when he grew up, but like most accountants, soon found that spending all day with numbers wasn’t very exciting. Luckily, he escaped and became a writer.
Mitch has always been interested in writing and telling stories that empower children to embrace their inner resilience and strength. He also has a love of all things funny.
He is the author of The Ultimate Survival Guide to Monsters Under the Bed.